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A symbol in the form of a snake biting its own tail, used especially in ancient Egypt and in Hermetic philosophy as an emblem of eternity.

[Greek (drakōn) ouroboros, (serpent) eating its tail : ourā, tail; see ors- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots + -boros, eating (from bibrōskein, to eat, eat up).]


(uːˈrɒbəˌrɒs; ˌuːrəˈbɒrəs)
(Classical Myth & Legend) an ancient mythical serpent used to symbolize perpetuity
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The latter motif is not often found elsewhere in Europe, with the exception of Scandinavia (68) and may be a remnant reference to the ourobouros or perhaps a reference to the courtship behavior of male grass snakes, moving in circles to attract females.
The assessment goes round and round, like Ourobouros, the pagan serpent that swallowed its own tail.
The cult's emblem is the ourobouros, the Greek image of a serpent swallowing its tail: It is meant to symbolize the unity of all times and all ways of worshiping God.
The ourobouros that graces the cover of The Recognitions finds its literal equivalent in JR in the polar disposition of the first and last lines that convert "rustle" and "listening" into a phonetic serpent.
Daarby kan hog gevoeg word die groot verskeidenheid variante en verskyningsvorme van die waterslang, waaronder die kosmiese Ourobouros en die Bybelse Leviatan, maar ook SuiderAfrikaans georienteerde wesens soos die dassie-adder, basilisk of tokkelossie.
21) The O, the circle, the ring, the circus and the circuit, the circular return, the ourobouros, the hole is central to lesbian symbolism.
The ourobouros, the serpent biting its tail that remains iconographically intact so as to signify unity, the end in the beginning, the Omega in the Alpha, will not do as a symbol for Barbey d'Aurevilly's short story, Une Page d'histoire (1882).